Those Weaverland Mennonites opposed to cars became known as the Wenger Mennonites, more formally known as the Groffdale Conference Mennonite Church
Weaverland Mennonites are one of three groups in the Old Order groups which permit automobiles, the others are the Wisler Mennonite Conference and the Markham-Waterloo Mennonite Conference.
Allowing cars and modern farm equipment since 1927 has brought about a major division among the Old Order Mennonites, who still do not drive cars.
The Weaverland group bases bases their doctrine and many church practices on the Dortrecht Confession of Faith, drawn in 1632 in Holland.
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The church permits a period of exploration of American life known as Rumspringa, it's a rite-of-passage period for Old Order Amish when teens have time away from the religion, to get a good look at the crazy life the rest of the country lives, where they can decide to split from family and religion and head out into the wide world, or head back and join the church and spend the rest of their life committed to their conservative and strict religious life. About 90% stick with their religion
a Rumspringa practice developed by teenagers driving black cars in the 1960s was that when they thought they could get away with it, they installed radios in their cars and turned their white sidewalls out.
As communion approached, they would turn their white sidewalls back to the inside of the car, so only black tires showed. They also would remove their radios, or at least their more visible antennas.
Rumspringa for Amish youth normally begins around the age of 14 to 16 and ends when a youth chooses baptism within the Amish church, or instead leaves the community